SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder is a wintertime condition characterized by depression, exhaustion, lack of interest in people and regular activities. SAD is extremely common in the Pacific Northwest due to the lack of sunlight, shorter days, and overcast skies. This type of weather contribute to SAD symptoms. If SAD is left untreated, it will affect a person’s outlook and ability to function on a day-to-day level.
It’s encouraging to note that SAD can be treated! If you are suffering from this disorder, I recommend getting outside as much as possible even if it’s overcast. Regular exercise along with a healthy diet rich in Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids will also help. If the symptoms continue to persist, light therapy or antidepressants are recommended.
For more information on how to diagnosis depression and treat it, read more at my website or call my office to make an appointment.